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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator McLaren, from 14 citizens of South Australia praying that the Government urgently review railway freight increases imposed in South Australia by Australian National Railways; ensure a reduction of freight and parcel rates; and encourage greater public utilisation of rail services.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen and McLaren, from 20 and 114 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government ensure the maintenance of an efficient , effective public telegram service.

Senator Reid, from 85 citizens of Australia praying that the Government ask the Government of the Soviet Union to release Mr Mart Niklus from a Soviet labour camp and facilitate his entry into Australia.

Senator Giles, from 143 citizens of Australia praying that a Post Office be located at West Gosnells Shopping Forum, Western Australia.

Senator Mason (on behalf of Senator Chipp), from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Government restore the Imperial system of measurement.

Senator Teague, from 9 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Bolkus, from 20 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge all politicians to unite nationally to reduce interest rates.

Senator Mason (on behalf of Senator Macklin), from 55 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate legislate to prevent the construction of a uranium enrichment plant in South East Queensland; and reject all applications for the export of products from and foreign investment in uranium enrichment plants.

Senator Watson, from 14 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Minister for Foreign Affairs to raise with the U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister the return of the Church of Mary Queen of Peace to the religious worshippers of Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Senator Gietzelt (on behalf of Senator Keeffe), from 16 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament urge the Government to establish a Royal Commission to investigate the effects on Vietnam veterans of the use of toxic chemicals in the Vietnam war.

Senator McLaren, from 12 citizens of South Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to sell Trans Australia Airlines.

Senator Giles, from 1306 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate amend the Social Services Act to reduce the age of eligibility for a Class B widow's pension from 50 to 40 years, expand training schemes to include women taken off supporting parents' benefit and provide rehabilitation for women unable to enter the work force due to disabilities.

Senator McLaren, from 40 citizens of South Australia praying that the Government extend the generous terms of a Commonwealth home loan to a Minister to the thousands of young couples suffering undue hardship because of high interest rates.

Senator Bolkus, from 76 citizens of Australia praying that the Government take stringent and immediate action against tax avoidance and evasion.

Senator Bolkus, from 4292 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to fund the establishment of a discipline of Modern Greek at a South Australian university.

Senator Walsh, from 60 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate implement the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament, and seek a declaration from the former Minister for Communications as to whether he has repaid $100 000 due on 1 February 1982.

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Bolkus, from 19 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge all politicians to unite nationally to reduce interest rates.

Senator Martyr, from 155 citizens of Australia praying that the Government ask the Government of the Soviet Union to release Mr Mart Niklus from a Soviet labour camp and facilitate his entry into Australia.

Senator Robert Ray, from 107 citizens of Australian praying that the Government take stringent and immediate action against tax avoidance and evasion.

Senators Bolkus and Colston, from 83 and 128 citizens of Australia, respectively , praying that the Government ensure the maintenance of an efficient, effective public telegram service.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by the Senator indicated and received: Senator Watson, from 15 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate seek the implementation of 22 resolutions adopted by the National Women's Conference at Macquarie University, Sydney, in March 1980.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Scott, Childs, Hamer, Thomas, Georges, Sir John Carrick and Jessop, from 103, 12, 109, 45, 151, 69 and 179 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government ensure the maintenance of an efficient , effective public telegram service.

Senator Scott, from 44 citizens of Australia praying that the Government provide funds for the preservation of South West Tasmania but not for development works such as dams or roads.

Senator Reid, from 20 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate legislate to remove lead concentrates from motor spirits.

Senator Teague, from 145 citizens of Australia praying that the Government ask the Government of the Soviet Union to release Mr Mart Niklus from a Soviet labour camp and facilitate his entry into Australia.